Reentry on the Right — Again

Politico reported in October 2014 that Edwina Rogers, “who served in both Bush administrations and in several posts on the Hill, is heading a new lobbying group to rally congressional Republicans around criminal justice reform.”  Politico reported that Ms. Rogers helped launch the Center for Prison Reform and became “the group’s lobbyist and chief executive to… Continue reading Reentry on the Right — Again

Restorative Justice

A blog posting on restorative justice recently caught our attention.  The posting was sent out by NAAG and authored by NAAG visiting fellow, Patrick Galasso. The NAAG posting on restorative justice first introduces readers in to the concept of restorative justice noting that, it follows one of several “archetypes”, including “victim-offender mediation” and “reparative board[s]” in which… Continue reading Restorative Justice

U.S. DOJ Gets New Acting Director

In September, President Obama nominated Charlotte Burrows to the vacant commissioner slot at the EEOC.  Burrows is former counsel to the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and a former attorney at DOJ.  Some EEOC-watchers were surprised by the Burrows nomination since there was some supposition that the EEOC slot was going to go not to Burrows but to… Continue reading U.S. DOJ Gets New Acting Director

Dollar General Settles Private Case; It’s More Than a Dollar

Dollar General continues to be locked in to a battle with the EEOC in federal court in Illinois over the company’s criminal background checks. In a separate and unrelated case, Dollar General has agreed to settle a putative class action in Virginia which alleged that the company failed to properly notify over 200,000 job applicants… Continue reading Dollar General Settles Private Case; It’s More Than a Dollar

What’s Good for the Goose, Ought to be Good for the Gander, Part III

By denying BMW access to the EEOC’s hiring policies regarding the use of criminal background checks, a U.S. magistrate in South Carolina took the opposite view of federal courts in Ohio and Maryland.  Federal courts in Ohio and Maryland held that the EEOC’s use of criminal background checks was relevant in the Commission’s litigation against Kaplan… Continue reading What’s Good for the Goose, Ought to be Good for the Gander, Part III

Convictions Matter; Judges Say So

We have blogged before, here, about the emerging science that is allowing judges to better predict a defendant’s likelihood of reoffending to determine parole, probation, and release pending trial.  Science is now replacing what had been based on instinct and gut reactions by judges.  To no one’s surprise, prior convictions do matter in the science… Continue reading Convictions Matter; Judges Say So